CATHOLIC Bishop ADMITS Fathering Two Children, RESIGNS From CHURCH

Auxiliary Bishop Gabino Zavala, pictured in 2005, has resigned from the church after revealing he has two teenage offspring. Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez announced the news Wednesday.
A prominent Catholic bishop in Los Angeles has resigned after confessing he broke his vow of celibacy — and is the father of two teens.

Auxiliary Bishop Gabino Zavala, 60, was granted early resignation Wednesday under a church law that allows bishops to step down before the normal retirement age of 75 due to sickness or other serious reasons.

“I’m shocked. I can’t believe it,” Arcelia Encinas, a relative by marriage who watched Zavala grow up, told the Daily News.

“He’s a really playful, nice person,” the 68-year-old woman from Chino, Calif., said. “He was mischievous as a young boy, but he grew up in the Catholic Church and was very dedicated.”

Officials said Zavala admitted in early December that he had two kids living with their mother outside California.

“I have some sad and difficult information to share with you,” Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez said in a letter breaking the news to church members Wednesday.

He said Zavala stepped down from active ministry last month and subsequently asked Pope Benedict XVI to accept his resignation.

Archbishop Gomez asked members of the archdiocese to pray for “all those impacted” by the revelation, especially the minor children.

“The archdiocese has reached out to the mother and children to provide spiritual care as well as funding to assist the children with college costs,” he wrote in the letter posted on the blog of the Catholic News Service of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“The family’s identity is not known to the public, and I wish to respect their right to privacy,” he said.


22 Responses to "CATHOLIC Bishop ADMITS Fathering Two Children, RESIGNS From CHURCH"

  1. Capone   January 5, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Please as you comment remember this is an individual and not the church! Attack the person not the organisation! He made his mistakes God be merciful! Thats all! Don judge don insult h human like you! Pray for him!

  2. REAL MAN   January 5, 2012 at 9:30 am

    He should have resigned just after the first fuucking.

  3. RKO   January 5, 2012 at 9:35 am

    These wemen are sweet. Lets just enjoy them and make more children. Its not a Sin. Thats how God Intended it to be.

  4. Slayer B   January 5, 2012 at 9:38 am

    I don’t see any wrong in him fathering chilren…he was only pro-creating, according to the Laws of Nature…stop making tough laws for yourselves that only make your lives a living hell!

  5. Hitlers cousin   January 5, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Imbecile!nyele ilibe ati niba priest nangu archibishop.uuuhh…eeehhh…aaaaahhh..eeeeessshhhhh.matuvi this is wen u realise that kids are important.moral of the story’dont overlook your feelings especially NYELEHHHHH

  6. kabiala unga   January 5, 2012 at 10:00 am

    That is personal
    problem ,if he feel like marrying he can do so,e .g our own fomer catholic bishop what happend ? got married and he thought when does that his fellows will follow
    him, but i do’nt think so.

  7. Nedlog1   January 5, 2012 at 10:06 am

    May da gud 4giv him,let us all pray 4 the family.amen

  8. Mweete   January 5, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    He has done an honourable thing by resigning instead of continuing a life of deception. Though he should have done that the first time it happened.

  9. James Gaankata   January 5, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Thousands of priests and nuns are lucky because they procure abortions and don’t have to resign. I’m happy here in Zambia Milingo aupile kamuchocholi

  10. Bwafya mu Zambia   January 5, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    That’s why I like the catholic church, a Bishop, Priest, nun can resign but the church will still remain and life will continue. When Ba Milingo married he thought a lot of bishops, priest, nuns and Christians from the Catholic Church will resign and join his church because of his healing powers he had, the Church is still intact. I wonder if he’s still healing, ala Lesa alapoka ama gifts ngatwabikamo ifilumba

  11. ntaulu chips lulu   January 5, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    sex was ment to be enjoyed…. paul said if you cant abstain its better you mary than burn with passion the man is right…

  12. Janet C   January 5, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Next is our very own Father Bwalya – testosterone-charged young man in his sexual prime!!! He has way too much testosterone in him, is sexually frustrated that he has to open his mouth and comment on each and every political announcement. Some ‘kind’ sister should help us and relieve Fr Bwalya asap!!!!

  13. Wondering   January 5, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Problem is people have adopted unscriptural practises like Celibacy. Peter who is claimed to be the first pope was married. Notice this thought provoking question the apostle Peter asked. 1 Cor 9:5 “We have authority to lead about a sister as a wife, even as the rest of the apostles and the Lord’s brothers and Ce′phas, do we not?”
    Did you notice the marital of Cephas and the rest of the apostles? Yes, they had wives. So really what is being seen in this clegyman is not a personal problem per se, it is also an institutional problem.

  14. sandy   January 6, 2012 at 1:33 am

    I guess i should not be angry, but I am because I have been so blessed and very fortunate. I was a single mom w/4 daughters and the church did not pay for my girls college education. They worked, student and parent loans and doing without alot. I am proud of what they accomplished. No wonder so many people are leaving the Catholic Church. I am thinking about it…

  15. The Bullet   January 6, 2012 at 11:17 am

    go and be united with your family

  16. LIVI   January 7, 2012 at 8:07 am

    iye were are we headind to?

  17. Ichipwa   January 7, 2012 at 8:57 am

    He’s a disappointment to the church. The first mistake he made should have taught him a lesson. Let them be allowed to be marrying.

  18. ChaCha   January 7, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    @Sandy , why did you want the church to pay for your childrens education? did they tell you to go on mass production? It was your choice. If you need to leave the church just leave, you are non factor to the church.

  19. me   January 8, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    @sandy is the catholic father the owner of your children?

  20. Me   January 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Atleast he came out in the open. It makes me wonder how many more are still in the hidding.. WHy make tough rules for yourselves and hide what is not meant to be hidden.
    These people should just be allowed to marry and should stop cheating themselves.
    Just accept that you cannot do without sex ma prie priests.
    Pa last thats why mugwila tubana.

  21. safely mulala   July 4, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Why do u vow if u know that u are weak person in spirit.God is God

  22. Chileshe   August 2, 2012 at 11:21 am

    @Sandy is it the responsibilty of the Catholic to look after your children.? On people leaving the Catholic Chruch. YES people will leave the Catholic and make tuntemba churches but the Catholic church will remain stronger and stronger. The Catholic chruch is bult on the rock and not on the sand.You can leave today, no difference will be felt. Leave and make another ZION Spirit Church. Shame!!